Mehdi Benatia has been a rock at the back for AS Roma this season. A look back at some of his wonderful displays for the Giallorossi this term. ‘If Roma are spending all that money on Benatia, then something is not right’, fumed former AS Roma right back Christian Panucci as the club concluded business with Udinese regarding the purchase of Mehdi Benatia for an estimated cost of ai??i??13.5m and co-ownerships of Uruguayan teenager Nico Lopez and the promising Italian youngster Valerio Verre. Renowned Roman journalist Roberto Renga suggested that Roma were making a mistake by letting these talented kids leave for an ai???underachievingai??i?? Moroccan. After the departure of Marquinhos, there was a bit of scepticism about the new arrival from Udinese. Now, after 33 games, Benatia has persuaded even his harshest detractors. The Moroccan has in fact revolutionized the Giallorossi defense. The excellent tactical work of Rudi Garcia must also be complimented but the performances of Benatia has been […]

  UDINESE v JUVENTUS Stadio Friuli, Udine April 14th, 2014 *** With only 38 points from 32 games and currently sitting in 14th place, Udinese are having a mediocre season to say the least. Entering 2014 with six wins, Udinese have registered only five wins since then and a total of sixteen losses this season paints a picture of gloom for a club who won plaudits in the past few years for maintaining a healthy model of buying cheap and selling them for profit yet managing to do reasonably well in the league. Udinese patron Giampaolo Pozzo will be counting on the new stadium (The project has set a completion date of the 2014-15 season) which will no doubt give them and their fans something positive to look forward to. One of the biggest problems Udinese had for the last few seasons is the lack of comparable substitutes; while their starting lineup is decent, they do not have the depth […]

LYON v JUVENTUS Stade de Gerland, Lyon April 3rd, 2014 *** Juventus travel to the State De Gerland to take on Lyon in what will be the first meeting between these two sides in a competitive fixture. Juventus will start as favorites against a very young Lyon team unbeaten at home in the Europa League this year. We must keep in mind that this is not the same Lyon led by Paul Le Guen who won an incredible seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles in the period of 2001 to 2008. To sanction the construction of a new stadium, budget has been very tight and the team now comprises of promising academy graduates rather than the likes of as Sonny Anderson, Juninho Pernambucano , Karim Benzema , Fred , Michel Bastos, Lisandro Lopez , Michael Essien , Florent Malouda , Eric Abidal , Diarra Mahmadou, Hatem Ben Arfa. Under the stewardship of former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde, the squad has few […]

JUVENTUS v PARMA Juventus Stadium, Turin March 26th, 2014 *** Juventus will be looking to continue their march towards a third consecutive scudetto as they host in-form Parma on Wednesday. Conteai??i??s men have been made to work hard for their recent victories but to their credit Juventus have managed to come out unscathed against tough opponents with three back-to-back one nil wins. Although they are 14 points ahead of second placed Roma at this stage, the fixture against Parma tomorrow and a visit to San Paolo on Sunday will present a formidable challenge to Juventus and a glimmer of hope for Roma fans who will be hoping that the Old Lady slip up as we enter the final stretch of the scudetto race. Parma come into this game on the back of a six game unbeaten run including four victories. They are currently on a purple patch and with the wily Antonio Cassano pulling the strings they might well fancy […]